Keeping Your Dog Well-Groomed in Quarantine
We hope that you, your families, and pets are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Your pets must certainly be enjoying your undivided attention and care!
We know how important it is to keep your dogs clean and groomed, especially during this time in quarantine. While we currently are not offering our grooming services, here are some tips from our team that can help you maintain your dogs in good condition!
1. Brushing & Combing
This is one of the key parts in keeping your dog’s coat in shape. Without brushing or combing, the coat becomes very matted (lots of knots!).
We highly recommend you brush AND comb your dog on at least 4 times a week. The best way to do this is to first brush out the hair with a Slicker Brush and follow this with a metal comb to make sure that everything is detangled.
Some common areas that get easily tangled are:
- Behind the ears
Remember to get these very important spots!
Preparing and making sure you have everything you need is a crucial part of bathing your dog. Before you get started, here are some things that you should do:
- Brush & comb out their coat
- Have a good quality pet-friendly shampoo and conditioner
- Set a towel or two aside
- Have a good dryer handy
If you feel that your dog’s size and coat are unmanageable, continue to brush regularly and keep your dog as clean as possible until we can help you!
3. Ear Cleaning
Cleaning the ears once a week prevents ear infections and gets rid of any odour.
All you need to do this are some cotton pads and ear cleaning solution. If you do not have any solution, you can simply moisten the cotton pads with a small amount of water. Please avoid using cotton swabs as they are not safe to use in your dog’s ears.
4. Eye Cleaning
In the inner corner of your dog’s eyes, you will find debris that can build up and cause irritation or infections if it is not cleaned off.
We recommend using moistened, alcohol-free wipes or cotton pads to clean the eyes. Gently clean the inner corner of one eye and wipe away any gunk then repeat with the other eye. Make sure to use separate wipes/cotton pads for each eye.
5. Tooth Brushing
This might be a challenge, but it is a very important task! You can use any toothbrush and a pet-friendly toothpaste.
6. Sanitary Area Cleaning
This area can get dirty after your dog does its business, especially if their coat is longer. Cleaning their bum prevents infections and irritation. Simply wipe the area with baby wipes and make sure to do this regularly!
7. Paw Cleaning
Now more than ever, your dog’s paws need to be cleaned right after they go outside. Wet wipes are helpful again, just use one to clean their paws before they go back inside.
8. Nail Trimming
If you already know how to do this with your dog’s cooperation, congrats! If you do not, no worries this is a good time to try.
Their nails should be trimmed 1-2 times a month, depending on how fast they grow and their activities. Walking your dog often can help you and your dog out as their nails file themselves on the ground as they walk.
We suggest using a nail grinder to keep the nails short if you are not comfortable using a nail clipper. You can order these tools online from your preferred pet supply store.
We thank you for showing that you care for your pet’s wellbeing and how to keep them maintained during these challenging times. Fortunately, we have our furry friends to keep us good company while staying home. We will make sure to communicate with you once we can offer our services again.